J. HORACE MCFARLAND (1859–1948) from McAlisterville, Pennsylvania
was a leading proponent of the "
City Beautiful Movement
McFarland was the son of Union Civil War colonel George F. McFarland
. He lived and worked most of his adult life in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania , residing at an estate he named Breeze Hill in the
Bellevue Park area of the city. At the estate, McFarland established
gardens that featured numerous trees, vegetables, and, most
prominently, roses. Photos of his famous gardens reside in the
Smithsonian institution. McFarland served as president of the American
Civic Association (ACA) from 1904 to 1924 and the American Rose
Society. McFarland and the ACA were a major force promoting civic
improvement, environmental conservation , and beautification in the
United States. McFarland helped organize the defense of Niagara Falls
from development efforts by power companies, worked to protect
Yosemite National Park
He is remembered for a statement at the first Conference of Governors held at the White House, Washington D.C., in 1908:
It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism.
His papers are held at the Pennsylvania State Archives.
* ^ Chambliss, Julian C. "Perfecting Space:
J. Horace McFarland
* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 1367201 * LCCN : n82164062 * ISNI : 0000 0000 8417 1771 * SUDOC : 20071001X * ULAN : 500097866 * IATH : w6w67p54 * PIC: 17419
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